Series Preview: Toronto Blue Jays vs Tampa Bay Rays (April 28-30)

 

The Toronto Blue Jays return home for a brief stay this weekend with a three-game home stand with the Tampa Bay Rays.

 

 

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The Toronto Blue Jays (6-16) are coming off a 2-1 series loss with the St. Louis Cardinals, and have yet to win a series this season. Tampa Bay (11-12) is coming off a 2-1 series loss to the Orioles. Toronto has a 2-7 home record coming into Friday, while the Rays currently own a 2-8 road record.

 

History: The Blue Jays and Rays have played each other a total of 337 times, with the advantage in the all-time series going to Tampa at 179-158. Toronto has a 89-78 record at home versus Tampa Bay. Tampa did take 3 of 4 from Toronto at Tropicana during the first week of the season.

 

Pitching: 2017 Totals

TOR – (Starters) 3.96 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 1.06 HR/9, 7.7 K/9, .264/.324/.431

TBR – (Starters) 3.84 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 1.44 HR/9, 7.4 K/9, .248/.316/.430

TOR – (Relievers) 4.83 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 1.18 HR/9, 8.6 K/9, .258/.333/.418

TBR – (Relievers) 3.47 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 0.56 HR/9, 6.2 K/9, .233/.312/.332

 

Offenses: 2017 Totals

Toronto – R/G 3.54 – .225/.293/.347 – 51 XBH – 9.4 K/G

Tampa Bay – R/G 4.43 – .251/.328/.415 – 69 XBH – 9.9 K/G

 

Game 1

First Pitch – 7:07 EST

M. Stroman RHP (2017: 2-2, 3.10 ERA) vs. B. Snell LHP (2017: 0-2, 3.38 ERA)

Marcus Stroman (5’8, 180 lbs – Medford, NY)

2017 season record (2-2, 3.10 ERA, 1.241 WHIP, 5.6 K/9), Opponents AVG against .284/.322/.376

Last appearance – 9 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, CG on April 23rd against the Angels.

Career vs Tampa Bay – (4-4, 4.41 ERA, 1.392 WHIP, 6.7 K/9). Last appearance vs Rays – April 6th, 6 IP, 6 H, ER.

Home record 2017 – (0-2, 5.27 ERA, 1.463 WHIP, 5.3  K/9).

 

 

Blake Snell (6’4, 180 lb – Seattle, WA)

2017 season record (0-2, 3.38 ERA, 1.406 WHIP, 6.3 K/9), Opponents AVG against .192/.323/.308

Last appearance – 5 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 4 K on April 22nd against the Astros.

Career vs Toronto – (1-2, 4.40 ERA, 1.465 WHIP, 8.8 K/9). Last appearance vs Blue Jays – April 6th, 6 IP, 6 H, ER.

Road record 2017 – (0-1, 0.93 ERA, 1.448 WHIP, 5.6  K/9).

Career at Rogers Centre – 1 GS, 1.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K.

 

 

Game 2

First Pitch – 1:07 EST

F. Liriano LHP (2017: 1-2, 4.58 ERA) vs. M. Andriese RHP (2017: 1-0, 3.86 ERA)

Francisco Liriano (6’2, 225 lb – San Cristobal, DR)

2017 season record (1-2, 4.58 ERA, 1.585 WHIP, 9.7 K/9), Opponents AVG against .254/.367/.388

Last appearance – 5.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K on 4/24 against the Angels.

Career vs Tampa Bay – (2-3, 5.85 ERA, 1.452 WHIP, 8.4 K/9). Last appearance vs Rays – April 7th, 0.1 IP, 3 H, 5 ER.

Home record 2017 – (1-1, 1.50 ERA, 1.000 WHIP, 12.0 K/9).

 

 

Matt Andriese (6’4, 180 lb – Seattle, WA)

2017 season record (1-0, 3.86 ERA, 1.381 WHIP, 7.7 K/9), Opponents AVG against .265/.319/.506

Last appearance – 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K on April 23rd against the Astros.

Career vs Toronto – (0-1, 4.88 ERA, 1.250 WHIP, 6.0 K/9). Last appearance vs Blue Jays – April 7th – 4 IP, 7 H, 4 ER

Road record 2017 – (0-0, 1.50 ERA, 1.333 WHIP, 7.5  K/9).

Career at Rogers Centre – (0-0, 4.05 ERA, 1.350 WHIP, 4.1 K/9)

 

 

Game 3

First Pitch – 1:07 EST

A. Sanchez  RHP (2017: 0-1, 4.38 ERA) vs. C. Archer RHP (2017: 2-1, 3.94 ERA)

Aaron Sanchez (6’4, 215 lbs – Barstow, CA)

2017 season record (0-1, 4.38 ERA, 1.216 WHIP, 6.6 K/9), Opponents AVG against .229/.288/.479

Last appearance – 5.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, BB, 3 K – April 14th against the Orioles.

Career vs Tampa Bay – (1-1, 1.27 ERA, 0.849 WHIP, 8.2 K/9). Last appearance vs Rays – April 8th, 7.0 IP, 4 H, ER.

Home record 2017 – (0-1, 8.44 ERA, 1.500 WHIP, 5.1 K/9)

 

 

Chris Archer (6’3, 190 lb – Raleigh, NC)

2017 season record (2-1, 3.94 ERA, 1.375 WHIP, 9.0 K/9), Opponents AVG against .252/.328/.398

Last appearance – 6.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 5 BB, 5 K on April 24th against the Orioles.

Career vs Toronto – (6-4, 3.17 ERA, 1.139 WHIP, 9.2 K/9). Last appearance vs Blue Jays – April 8th, 7.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER.

Road record 2017 – (1-1, 4.38 ERA, 1.541 WHIP, 7.3 K/9).

Career at Rogers Centre – (3-2, 3.23 ERA, 1.302 WHIP, 9.2 K/9).

 

 

 

*All Pitcher vs Batter Stats provided by ESPN

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Wade is a long time baseball fan who has been involved with the game for over 30 years. Including as a former college player, amateur pitching coach, and blogger.

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Wade is a long time baseball fan who has been involved with the game for over 30 years. Including as a former college player, amateur pitching coach, and blogger.